A new study highlights the opposition between religion and non-religious spirituality.

Moments of Spirituality Can Induce Liberal Attitudes, Researchers Find

People become more politically liberal immediately after practising a spiritual exercise such as meditation.

"While religiousness is characterized by devotion to a specific tradition, set of principles, or code of conduct, spirituality is associated with the direct experience of self-transcendence and the feeling that we're all connected,"...

Those who watched the video were asked to close their eyes and breathe deeply, imagining themselves in a natural setting and feeling connected to the environment. They were then asked about their political orientation and to rate how spiritual they felt. The researchers reported that, compared to those in the control group, participants who meditated felt significantly higher levels of spirituality and expressed more liberal political attitudes, including a reduced support for "tough on crime" policies and a preference for liberal political candidates.

"Spiritual experiences seem to make people feel more of a connection with others," says Hirsh. "The boundaries we normally maintain between ourselves and the world tend to dissolve during spiritual experiences. These feelings of self-transcendence make it easier to recognize that we are all part of the same system, promoting an inclusive and egalitarian mindset."

"The conservative part of religious belief has played an important role in holding cultures together and establishing common rules. The spiritual part, on the other hand, helps cultures renew themselves by adapting to changing circumstances," says Peterson. "Both right and left are necessary; it's not that either is correct, it's that the dialogue between them produces the best chance we have at getting the balance right. If people could understand that both sides have an important role to play in society, some of the unnecessary tension might be eliminated." [emphasis mine]

Today, with the planet undergoing rapid change of all kinds, renewing ourselves by adapting to changing circumstances isn't just necessary, it's a matter of species survival. Yet most atheists embrace an aversion to "spiritual" bonding within our community. How can we change this?

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"Spiritual experiences seem to make people feel more of a connection with others," says Hirsh. "The boundaries we normally maintain between ourselves and the world tend to dissolve during spiritual experiences. These feelings of self-transcendence make it easier to recognize that we are all part of the same system, promoting an inclusive and egalitarian mindset."

I'm pretty sure that ingesting THC, or hallucinogens, could induce a similar effect on a conservative.  However, such experiences eventually wear off and the subject typically returns back to their core self.  I think it takes a much deeper and physically personal experience to effectively cause someone to shift from conservative to liberal ideology on a more permanent basis.  Meditation is nice, but in my mind it's effects are somewhat temporary unless practiced as a regular routine.  At our core, I believe every one of us has an inherent liberal or conservative bias that remains stubborn.  Certain things can cause us to deviate, but remove that stimuli and we tend to revert back.

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